May 20, 2018 – DAY for RAY – KREHALON Australia

DAY for RAY – 20th May 2018

KREHALON Australia

Coghill’s Creek – 63 km

EVCC 2018 Day for Ray - poster

Remembering our mate Ray

Combine race, PLUS a casual public ride

KREHALON Australia proudly sponsored the 2018 edition of the Race for Ray.  The annual race in memory of our mate Ray Hodgson was once again staged at Learmonth and involved riders from Geelong Super Vets, Northern Cycling, Geelong & Surf Coast Cycling Club and Eureka Cycling.

Ray fought and defeated cancer twice!

Proceeds from the day are donated to Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.  Jonathon Delaney created this event three years ago as a mark of respect to Ray and brought KREHALON Australia in as the major sponsor.
KREHALON Australia will match the money raised from race entry fees, donations and the raffle.  In total, our efforts today will see Peter Mac receive a cheque in excess of $1500.
This year the event was expanded to also include a casual ride for the non-racing cyclists.  The prospect of inclement weather kept many casual riders from attending the event, however the bunch who did ride enjoyed their ride around Ray’s favourite circuit – Mount Misery.

Thank you to everyone involved in the Day for Ray…  Over fifty riders contested the Race for Ray, including seventeen riders who ventured up from Geelong.
Everyone should be proud of their efforts in racing against such testing conditions.  A few spectators and volunteers also travelled up from Geelong to be part of the day.
Thank you to the Eureka family and friends who also volunteered to man the kitchen, cook the barbecue, set up the course and marshal the corners, referee and drive lead and tail vehicles.
It was marvelous to see Val Hodgson at Learmonth and she spoke some lovely words on behalf of KREHALON Australia.
A very big thank you to the casual riders who participated in the Ride for Ray.  We hope to grow this aspect of the Day for Ray in the future!

Race report:

Almost sixty riders entered the Race for Ray, however illness prevented some competing and the threat of rain deterred others.
The race was conducted in cool, overcast conditions with plenty of crosswinds.  Importantly the roads stayed dry with only riders sweat and tears creating any wet spots as they rode three laps of the 21 kilometre circuit.

Please note, when talking about the “Scratch” bunch, we actually mean the sole Scratch rider – Tim Canny – as well as the riders from the 1 minute and 3 minute bunches who were able to hang on…for a while at least!

The wind swept across the circuit from the west, which meant only a short five kilometre section of each lap.  The long stretches of each lap were subject to crosswinds and many groups lost riders early in the race.  Often, the dropped riders would join in with the group behind, then recover and start working turns.  Sometimes the despatched riders could not link up and were then left to fend for themselves.
As always, there were standout performances in most groups.

Jacqui Dawson received praise from her fellow riders in the 28 minute group.  Cramping during the race, Jac battled on to the finish, as did Carolyn Hall (GSCC) who rode much of the final lap solo.
The 19 minute group didn’t take home any trophies today, however the remaining riders were only caught late on the final lap.  In the run to the finish line they were dropped by the winners, yet Peter Livitsanis, James Burzacott, Dan Whelan and Umberto Scolaro (GSCC) filled four of the top ten positions at the finish line.

Greg Smith raced on a trial license and impressed the experienced members of his 15 minute group.  On the final lap, Smith even hung onto the winning bunch for a few kilometres, before finishing sixth overall in his first ever bicycle race.
Peter Canny was another to shine.  As a large bunch formed up on the final lap, Canny was often seen driving the pace to keep the chasing “Scratch” bunch at bay.  He went on to make the final selection in the race and finished a creditable fifth.

The strong 6 minute group ripped the tarmac and themselves apart early in the race.  A large number still remained when caught by the rampaging “Scratch” bunch.  Matt Ayres quickly started swapping turns, however it was Peter Kiel who most impressed.  Kiel kept hanging on as the “Scratch” bunch whittled down…

The three minute group had a handy late replacement.  Greg Ley – out (ill), Tavis Baker – in.  The group rode a controlled race early, however it was evident to all that Lindsay Burgoyne was absolutely flying.  Their pace was high, however heading up the rise past the quarry on the second lap, Rick Buckwell (GSCC) let the Eureka riders know they were about to be collared by the “Scratch” bunch…

Tim Canny (sole Scratch rider) had quickly wiped the one minute deficit to Tony Mirabella, Matt Bowman and Jason Birch inside the first ten kilometres.  From there, the quartet took massive chunks of time out of the 3 minute group.
Bowman lost contact just before the catch was made, so an eight man group formed…being driven by the unstoppable Canny.

A dozen riders either succumbed to the crosswinds or were dropped by their bunches.  The “Scratch” bunch seemed to shed just as many riders as it collected during the second lap.  They had the remnants of the field just a little further up the road.

Through Coghill’s Creek for the final time and the race was together.  Could the enlarged peloton hope that Tim Canny would back off?  Yes they could hope, but no, it would not happen.  Rob Ellis dangled just off the back. He put in one last effort to bridge the gap, but Tim Canny was driving the leaders and Ellis couldn’t close the space.
Canny kept driving and the peloton stretched out on the narrow road as it raced into the final few kilometres.

Into Donovan’s Road and Mirabella decided the rise was where he would split the field.  A quick nod to Canny and the pair tore the field apart, making the final selection (five riders) in the process – Tim Canny, Tony Mirabella, Lindsay Burgoyne, Peter Kiel and Peter Canny.
Over the final rise and Tim Canny put the lead bunch into the gutter.  None dropped off…

Closing to the line and a short game of cat and mouse saw the five shuffle positions before Mirabella sprinted a moment before Tim Canny.  The gap opened and Mirabella held it to the line for the victory.  Canny and Kiel fought out second place, just three lengths behind.

Results:
1st – Tony Mirabella (1 min), Eureka
2nd – Tim Canny (Scratch), Eureka
3rd – Peter Kiel (6 min), Eureka 4
th – Lindsay Burgoyne (3 min), Eureka
5th – Peter Canny (9 min), Eureka
6th – Greg Smith (15 min), Eureka
7th – Peter Livitsanis (12 min), Eureka
8th – James Burzacott (12 min), Eureka
9th – Dan Whelan (12 min), Eureka
10th – Umberto Scolaro (12 min), Geelong SCC
Fastest Time – Tim Canny (Scratch) in 1h 35m 6s ave. 39.7 kph

KREHALON Australia

proud sponsor of the DAY for RAY
proud supporter of Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute

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